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Chicken And Kale Gumbo (Video)

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Hi guys!  This weeks recipe video was inspired by a recipe I found in Clean Eating magazine a few months back.

This is what I call Clean & Delicious® comfort food at it’s best because it’s warm, hearty, delicious, and 100% nutritious.  Plus if you cook it yourself (which I’m sure you will!) you add yet another layer of love so it’s like doubling down in the ‘goodness’ department.

We shoot our videos so far in advance (a couple of months) that usually by the time I am sharing a recipe video with you, it’s been a while since I actually ate the dish myself.  But when I re-watched this video I knew I needed to add this meal back into the rotation, so I’ll be making a pot of this on Sunday to have for the week.

Speaking of which… did I mention that I turn 37 on Friday?  Yep.  Friday is my birthday and I can honestly say that I love getting older.  There’s a lot to this life that I’m still learning and figuring out and every year that passes blesses me with a little more knowledge and a little more wisdom (and yes they are two different things).

I know it may sound weird, but I think I was born to be 40.

Not exactly sure why or what that means by I have an inclination that 40 holds something really good for me.  Like I’ll be soaring in the realization of my own potential.

Which brings me to day 21 of my cleanse.  Today is the LAST day.  And here are my big take aways:

  • I can’t believe I’m saying this but I actually feel better not drinking coffee and will continue to drink tea and enjoy coffee as more of a treat.
  • Drinking in the evening (even if just a glass of wine) really pulls my attention from the things I most want to be working on.
  • I feel better with animal products IN my diet.
  • Eating  a lot of root veggies and grains really temper a sweet tooth.

For those of you dying to know if I lost weight (I know how you all think b/c I would be thinking the same thing!) I don’t know.  I never weighed myself when I started so I have nothing to compare it to.  BUT when I stepped on the scale about about a week ago I was at my normal hang out zone (128lbs).  So while I had no gain and no loss physically I definitely gained a lot of mental clarity.

That’s my deal.  Hope you get to check out the video.  And stop by in the comments below to let me know: 1. Have you ever made homemade gumbo and if so have you ever tried adding a leafy green in the mix?!!  2. Do you like birthdays?  3.  Have you ever tried a cleanse and if so what did you lose/gain from the experience?

Chicken And Kale Gumbo

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 2 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ a yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into chunks
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 28-0z can of chopped tomatoes
  • 16 oz. frozen sliced Okra
  • 2 cups kale
  • ½ cup corn
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • A pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Heat the olive oil in a large pot over a medium high heat and then add in chicken; cook for about 3-5 minutes or until the chicken is opaque.

Stir in the onion and garlic along with a pinch of salt and let the veggies cook for about 3 minutes or until tender and fragrant.

Add in bay leaf, oregano, garlic powder, thyme, paprika and cayenne pepper; toss all together and then stir in chicken broth, tomatoes, and okra.

Bring everything to a boil and then stir in the kale and corn and simmer for 10 -15 minutes.  Adjust the seasonings and enjoy!

Makes 4 – 2-cup servings.


Nutritional Analysis

Calories: 242; Total Fat: 4.2g; Saturated Fat: 0.4g; Cholesterol: 60mg; Carbohydrate: 23.5g; Dietary Fiber: 3.5g; Sugars: 2.5g; Protein: 30g

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17 Responses to “Chicken And Kale Gumbo (Video)”

  1. #
    Kiran @ — September 26, 2012 @ 4:11 pm

    I’m curious about doing a cleanse myself — can’t imagine life without coffee, but I’ll give it a shot!

    That’s a delicious gumbo!

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      Dani — September 27, 2012 @ 1:04 pm

      Kiran – I could never have imagined no coffee either!! I would think about my morning coffee before I would go to bed at night b/c I LOVED it so much.. I am actually SHOCKED of how easy it is for me not to have it right now. I still plan to enjoy a coffee here and there but it feels good not to be SO dependent on it.

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    Em (Wine and Butter) — October 2, 2012 @ 11:25 am

    Happy Birthday Dani!! Hope you had an amazing one – Im kind of settling into this growing older thing too! AND Ive bookmarked the gumbo for once we have a casserole dish in our new pad – looks totally delicious!

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      Dani — October 4, 2012 @ 1:07 pm

      Thanks Em! Hope you enjoy the gumbo.

  3. #
    vaishali — October 14, 2012 @ 4:13 pm

    Dani, can i use fish instead of chicken?

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      Dani — October 16, 2012 @ 11:56 am

      Yes… but you can add it closer to the end of the dish rather than the beginning.

  4. #
    Sheelah — January 17, 2013 @ 10:39 am

    I just noticed the recipe as written is incomplete (the thyme, garlic powder, paprika, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper are missing).

    • #
      Dani — January 17, 2013 @ 4:11 pm

      Thanks for pointing that out. It’s fixed!

  5. #
    Lisa — May 7, 2013 @ 7:25 pm

    I just noticed that the directions read to add bay leaf, but I don’t see bay leaf or it’s portion in the list of ingredients. Will you please clarify?

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      Dani — May 10, 2013 @ 10:00 am

      Ooops. It’s one bay leaf. I just adjusted the recipe! Sorry about that.

  6. #
    ying — May 25, 2014 @ 12:50 pm

    Hi, I know okra is a key ingredient, but if i don’t have it with me now, what can i sub it with :)

    • #
      Dani — May 27, 2014 @ 10:11 am

      I’m thinking some zucchini would work.

  7. #
    Sherry — February 20, 2015 @ 4:58 pm

    Came out fab :) thanks dani..

    • #
      Dani — February 21, 2015 @ 7:32 am

      So glad to hear it! You are very welcome.

  8. #
    Sherry — February 20, 2015 @ 7:56 pm

    Came out gr8.. Thanks dani for being w/me in this weight loss & diabetic journey..
    Thank u …

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      Dani — February 21, 2015 @ 7:31 am

      I am so glad you liked it and SO glad that I can help you on your journey. xo

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    Anum — March 19, 2015 @ 9:51 pm

    Thanks for yet another delicious recipe! Every recipe I have ever tried of yours has been great! And I love being able to use new ingredients I would otherwise not know what to do with like kale and okra! You’re the best!

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